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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday and this weekend: Fox's new "Nashville" follows in the pseudo-real footsteps of MTV's "Laguna Beach."

By Salon Staff
Published September 14, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)
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Weekend Pick

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If you're fascinated by the pseudo-real surrealism of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" but put off by its shallow California girls with no discernible aspirations beyond winning over the cutest boy in town, then you won't want to miss Fox's "Nashville" (premieres Friday at 9 p.m. EDT). Created by the same team behind "Laguna Beach," this reality soap tries to amplify its down-home authenticity by focusing on aspiring country stars -- but only the young, pretty ones, of course. In fact, today's reality soap producers are just like the boy band producers of yesteryear: Find a handful of hopelessly good-looking, reasonably talented young people, assign a tragic flaw to each and watch as the teenyboppers swoon. This show may not be a keeper on your weekly lineup, though. Aside from a strummy guitar-playing moment here and some record label interest there, the same shallow trigonometry of "Laguna Beach" applies, effortlessly turning a loose collection of singles into love triangles. But then, maybe backstabbing girls and charmless players are running through the same repetitive heartbreak rituals nationwide. We shudder to think!



On Friday night, the season finale of "Monk" airs (9 p.m. EDT on USA), followed by the season finale of "Psych" (10 p.m. EDT on USA). On Sunday night, National Geographic's "Inside the Living Body" premieres at 8 p.m. EDT, and the season finale of USA's "The Dead Zone" airs at 10 p.m. EDT.


On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Kathie Lee Gifford

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Michael Douglas

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Mariska Hargitay, Kanye West

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Vera Wang

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT


David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Regis Philbin, Chamillionaire

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Michael Douglas, Tavis Smiley, Good Charlotte

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Eddie Levert, Brian Steidle (repeat)

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Anthony Anderson, Ryan Seacrest, Hot Hot Heat

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Patricia Heaton, Tiki Barber, the Used

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Eric Idle, Finger 11, Les Stroud

Contributors: Megan Doll, Matthew Fishbane, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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